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Could Val Demings take on Jacobs in 2014?

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs telephoned Val Demings last year to ask the former Orlando police chief whether she was going to run against Jacobs in 2014. “She laughed,” Jacobs said. “She said that there …

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Landlords, car dealers get wins with House votes. Dems say consumers lose

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

Consumers who get in disputes with their car dealer or landlord could end up facing a tougher task after two pro-industry bills passed the Florida House on Wednesday. HB 55, …

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$2.6 million grant to Tampa lawmaker’s firm under fire

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

Mike Deeson of WTSP-Ch. 10 in Tampa Bay this week scorched State Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, over a $2.6-million economic development grant his company received from Hardee County. Thestate’s auditor …

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Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Resigns Amid Inquiry Into Sweepstakes Firm

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

The lieutenant governor of Florida, Jennifer Carroll, abruptly resigned on Tuesday, the result of a criminal investigation into an Internet sweepstakes company for which she once served as a consultant. …

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With LGBT groups in Capitol, House briefly debates ’sexual oreintation’ foster care bill

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

TALLAHASSEE — It was a rare first-person discussion for the Florida House: two openly gay lawmakers discussing the problems they experienced as teens. The Florida House briefly showed its new, more …

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Sen. Soto leads Democratic effort to resolve foreclosure crisis

Mar 13, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

TALLAHASSEE–An Orlando senator is leading Democratic legislators with bills to help those that are in danger of losing their home since Florida ranks No. 1 for foreclosures. Sen. Darren Soto …

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Alan Grayson, Florida Congressman: Replace Sequester Cuts With Ending Afghanistan War (VIDEO)

Mar 9, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

Democratic Florida Congressman Alan Grayson told HuffPost Live on Friday that he believes the automatic spending cuts triggered by sequestration should be replaced with a bill to immediately end the war in …

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Sick-time legal fights could make taxpayers ill

Mar 8, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

For taxpayers, the legal bills from Orange County’s decision to keep a sick-time initiative off the fall ballot are just starting to arrive. Orange leaders have spent $70,500 so far …

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Controversial ‘parent trigger’ bill passes its first test in Legislature

Mar 8, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

A “parent trigger” bill that was narrowly defeated in the Legislature last year is back and won a first, favorable vote in a House education subcommittee Thursday. The bill gives …

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House overwhelmingly approves voting bill

Mar 6, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

The House passed an elections overhaul bill by an overwhelming margin Tuesday, tacitly admitting that lawmakers went too far in 2011 with a bill that had reduced early voting days …

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